Deborah Owens is a seasoned executive and change agent with 20+ years of Fortune 100 business experience. As a director of training and a sales leader, she developed and implemented strategies to close performance gaps, maximize performance and exceed business objectives. She has led the conception, design and implementation of franchise and enterprise-wide initiatives including leadership development, talent management, sales and marketing training, and employee development with international brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Honeywell.
Throughout her career, Deborah has had a front-row seat to the unique experiences faced by people of color in the workplace. She founded her company The Corporate Alley Cat to ensure that every person of color is fully supported and equipped for both the opportunities and challenges they will encounter throughout their corporate journeys.
Based upon a foundation of sharing experiences (good and bad), strategies, and lessons learned to accelerate career growth and success, Corporate Alley Cat’s mission is to:
- Provide a safe place to share, learn and navigate those “sticky/taboo” corporate situations that leave people of color feeling isolated, frustrated, and powerless;
- Provide tools, strategies and experts to help professionals of color manage workplace challenges that, left unmanaged, can derail their careers; and
- Accelerate the success, shorten the learning curve and provide critical insider knowledge to professionals of color to help change the culture of corporations.
Deborah’s public speaking topics include:
- Get Scrappy, Be Ready: 5 Sticky Situations Every Person of Color Needs to Know How to Handle at Work
- Corporate Politics in Color: Hidden Lessons and Nuances You Won’t Find in the Employee Handbook
- The Best of Both Worlds: How to “Rock the Boat” Without Ruining Your Career
Herself a long time alley cat and adventurer, Deborah has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, trekked to Macchu Pichu, and completed a triathlon. She is a proud Bison who holds a B.A. in Economics from Howard University. Deborah resides in Washington, DC with her husband.
Deborah Owens Show Notes
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What did you do before you became a MaturePreneur?
What do you mean by healthcare biotech?
Did you enjoy that?
If you were teaching or training a big group, would there be any tailoring involved with the training?
Everyone learns differently, so did you tailor it to these individuals or was it more rote?
How did you know that?
What are you doing now?
When you first started, did you leave a job to start this company?
Was it scary at all?
Once you started your business, what was one of the most successful ideas you implemented for it?
What is your least successful idea and how did you change tactics to fix it?
Are you talking specifically about social media?
Do you feel like you have a handle on it now?
What is the most important advice you’ve gotten from somebody?
Did you come up against any resistance from family or friends and what did you do to overcome it?
Has it bled back into your life, the type A?